Monday, October 6, 2008

Review: Flash of Genius

The newest in a long line of great movies with awful ad campaigns is Flash of Genius. The trailers sell this film to be another true-story inspirational tale. At the end of this film, one feels anything but inspiration. Flash is the story of a man so stubborn that he drives everything away to gain something which was never worth it in the first place. Greg Kinnear brilliantly plays Bob Kearns, the inventor of the intermittent windshield wipers. When he presents his invention to Ford, they steal his creation and give him zero credit. Knowing that he is responsible for this technological advancement drives Kearns insane, and he becomes so obsessed with getting Ford to admit what they’ve done, that he drives his caring family away. Lauren Graham plays his wife who never stops loving Bob; she just can’t take his obsession anymore. The final act of the film takes place in a courtroom, featuring understated speeches and performances, where most directors would place yelling and unrealistically fiery speeches. The final shot shows that Kearns may have won a battle, but he lost the war.

Grade: A-

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